Italy's Valentina Arrighetti was a key to victory both with her spikes and with four blocks and strong defending at the net
Italy coach Massimo Barbolini:
"I'm happy and proud of my team for this performance against one of the top teams in the world. We had good defending and blocking tonight. We played well when we were behind."
Italy captain Eleonora Lo Bianco:
"I'm really happy with the way my team played tonight. It was a good showing. It is tough to win against a strong team. Our blocking and defence were good and we had a good attitude about this game."
USA coach Hugh McCutcheon:
"They played a good match and deserved to win. Italy was defensively very good tonight. They outdug us. That was the difference. We will regroup and get ready for our next match with the Netherlands."
USA captain Jennifer Tamas:
"Italy played a great match. It was tough to put a ball away on their court. We are still trying to improve on the little things. We will put in our best effort from here on. We are a good passing team. We need to focus on that the rest of the tournament."